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A dreadful shock and loss

Our regular guests and viewers of our website, or Facebook page, will be well-aware of the antics of our gorgeous golden retriever, Finlay. Back in the summer he started to develop a limp and he flinched occasionally when we went to stroke him. We took him to the vet but nothing obvious was found other […]

When Bude gets busy… the locals go off-piste (part 2)

As mentioned in the previous blog, at busy times we like to head to less-frequented spots and so it was a couple of weeks ago. It was a scorcher and there was nothing else for it other than head to the beach. We always like to take Finlay when we can because he adores a […]

When Bude gets busy… the locals go off-piste!

Let’s face it, Bude is a popular place and since the lockdown restrictions were eased, it’s been very, very busy! Because we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the coast all year round, on a sunny, busy weekend we are more inclined to avoid the hotspots and use our local knowledge for a […]

How about celebrating New Year in Cornwall?

Ok, so Bude isn’t exactly renowned for its New Year festivities! There’s no big firework display; no raucous fancy-dress shindigs or all-night partying – even in normal times, let alone in Covid year! However, if your idea of a perfect New Year is to enjoy some bracing walks with the dogs on Cornwall’s wild north […]

Valentine Special!!

We have a very special deal to offer you for Valentine’s Weekend! A 3 night stay at the Beach Haven for 2 people for just £280. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever let the Beach Haven and won’t often (if ever) be repeated!! It’s down to circumstances really. We are closed for the period before […]

So, you want a holiday cottage in Cornwall with a hot tub?

Are you looking for a holiday cottage in Cornwall with a hot tub? When we lived at the Beach Haven we had a hot tub. We loved it. After a stressful day at work, it was lovely to let the warm water and bubbles soothe your aches away. However, when we started holiday-letting, we removed […]

August Bank Holiday – Lifeboat Day in Bude

If you had pick just one day to be in Bude, I suspect many people would choose ‘Lifeboat Day’ on August bank holiday. The RNLI are always blessed with good weather and the town, beaches and downs are a-buzz with events and activities that range from crabbing competitions at the sea lock to fun runs, […]


We are, of course, proudly anchored in Cornwall but we are only about 5 miles from the Devon border so we are perfectly located as a base to explore north Devon too. Hartland Quay, just 14 miles up the coast has just been used as a location for a new feature film of the Du […]

A little Cornish secret spot!

When you think of Cornwall your immediate thoughts will doubtless be the Atlantic Ocean; the wild and rugged north Coast; Poldark perhaps; sandy beaches; fishing villages or wooded river estuaries. But there is also another side to Cornwall best explored by heading away from the coast into the heartland on Bodmin Moor. There are countless […]

The new Hebasca

Hebasca is the nearest bar and restaurant to the Beach Haven – just a five minute walk away – and it overlooks the golf course. It has recently changed oweners and, we’re delighted to report, is better than it’s ever been! It now offers a revamped, dog-friendly, bar and separate restaurant. We popped down and […]

Fighting the waste of polystyrene bodyboards

UPDATE: October 2022. I originally wrote this article six summers ago, back in 2017 when we purchased our ‘proper’ bodyboards and a pair of full-size, ‘foamy’, beginner’s surfboards. They immediately proved to be a very popular addition to the Beach Haven and have been used extensively in that time. They claim to have a ‘lifetime’ […]

A snow day!

Cornwall was gripped in a blizzard yesterday: apart from a 3 mile radius of Bude that is! Feeling deprived, I set out this afternoon with Finlay for a snow day. Bodmin Moor, a 15 minute drive away, is always a great for a walk in any weather so I headed for the old RAF aerodrome […]

Bude is the UK’s Best Seaside Town – Official!

We are delighted and proud that Bude has regained its title as ‘The Best UK Seaside Town’ in the 2018 British Travel Awards. That makes it three times in the last four years we’ve won the Award! Proof, if you needed it, that Bude is indeed the best place to take your holiday! They say […]

Poldark’s Cornwall

The fact that Cornwall is such a beautiful and photogenic county has not been lost on the folks in the world of TV and cinema. It’s as much as a film-star as Aidan Turner in Poldark’s Cornwall! Poldark Poldark fever continues to sweep, not only the country, but across the world too. With Series Four just […]

The Cornish Man Engine

We took a trip down to Tavistock, the gateway of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining’s World Heritage Site, to see the incredible, magnificent ‘Man Engine‘ on his ‘Resurrection’ tour. It’s the UK largest mechanical puppet standing over 11 meters tall. He celebrates our famous Cornish mining tradition: the invention, strength, hardship, innovation and traditions. […]

Book Direct. How to avoid paying surcharges.

Many holidaymakers don’t realise they are paying a hefty premium when they book through one of the large online booking sites such as AirB&B, Booking.com, TripAdvisor’s Holiday Lettings, HomeAway and Owners Direct etc. These sites are charging guests a 6 to 20% surcharge on the rental price which can easily be a few hundred pounds […]

Auri: VIP guests at the Beach Haven!

It was twelve months ago, almost to the day, that we welcomed some VIP guests to the Beach Haven. Two members of the predominantly Finnish rock group ‘Nightwish’ and their wives had flown in to north Cornwall from Helsinki and Yorkshire for some promotional photos of their new band ‘Auri’. Their eponymous debut album is […]

Bude in the snow

It’s not very often we get a covering of snow in Bude so I made an early start (5.30am) to make the most of it!

The Crooklets pillbox

We have the exciting prospect of The Bude at War Weekend coming up on September 16th/17th. In preparation for that, the Second World War Crooklets pillbox overlooking the beach has been opened again for the first time in many years. Before it was blocked up I have distinct memories of playing in it as a […]